Automobiles

Reserved Parking Space for Hybrid Vehicles at IKEA

October 1, 2008 / No Comments

Dutch company IKEA is trying to get environmentalist to shop from the, otherwise I don't understand why someone with a hybrid vehicle gets a reserved parking space. Is it just a marketing move to get us people to write about it, or do these guys really care that a hybrid won't pollute the air in the nearby? Tomorrow I'll be visiting ...

Toyota Plans to Sell 1 Million Hybrids in 2010

September 30, 2008 / No Comments

Toyota is doing its part to make a mint, um, decrease the impact that its cars have on the world's fossil fuel resources. By 2010 the automaker wants 1/10th of its sales to be hybrid vehicles. Toyota had not set a target date to reach one million units until now. Presently, the car maker sells 450,000 hybrids a year and ...

Beijing Traffic is Back!

September 22, 2008 / No Comments

Beijing took steps during the Olympics and before to reduce traffic. Readers will remember Beijing's attempt to be like NYC and the government's move to get half of their cars off the road. Well ... Beijing's traffic is back. These two pics show the difference. What GP wants to know is, why can they tell some cars to stay home some of the ...

Electric MINI, in Munich

September 22, 2008 / No Comments

Ever since I've heard an electric MINI might be built, I kept my eyes open here and there to be sure I get the latest about it. Today I was reading that the guys at CarMagazine managed to spot it in Munich, Germany, with no exhaust pipes and the words "Hybrid Erprobungsfahrzeug" (Hybrid Test Vehicle) written on the sides and ...

UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon, Commutes by Solar-Powered Taxi

September 15, 2008 / No Comments

If somebody is going to commute by taxi, a solar-powered taxi, you might want that somebody to be someone with influence, someone who can reach the world. Louis Palmer of Switzerland created a solar-powered taxi for use in New Delhi. Good for him, the UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon of South Korea commuted to work aboard the solar-powered vehicle to promote ...

The Electric Fiat Tender Two by Castagna

September 11, 2008 / No Comments

Italian coachbuilder Castagna says it can turn a Fiat 500 into a tender or two. And they did it in six quick steps. 1. First they had to remove the top, remove the doors and the tailgate 2. Then they enlarged the sills, but kept some semblance of structural integrity 3. Removed the entire interior 4. Replaced the interior with some canvas for weather ...

Car Rally Runs on Cooking Oil – Grease to Greece

August 29, 2008 / No Comments

Eight teams completed a 4,022.5km (2,500 mile) car rally, "Grease to Greece," from London to Athens. The event was aimed at promoting awareness of cheap environmentally-friendly bio-fuels. Londoner Andy Pag is the brains behind the idea. The eight teams were required to beg for oil from restaurants, motorway cafes and fast-food joints along the way. Or they could go to KFC ...

Paris Hilton Strips Down, Reveals Energy Plan

August 7, 2008 / 1 Comment

In some circles I suppose Paris Hilton is doing her part to heat things up, cause more global warming, maybe, and in others she is just making a fool out of herself...and me, too for caring what she thinks. In any event, people read about her, look at her...and I hope, never listen to her. Hilton's energy plan - "We can ...

Honda Gets It on Gas-Guzzlers

July 23, 2008 / 1 Comment

Honda Motor Co gets it. Arguably one of the most economical car makers there is, Honda Motor gets it. Honda knows that America is fat and needs equally large sport utility vehicles and minivans to ride in. Even so, Honda will scale back production on its Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs in the U.S. It's not because America suddenly went ...

Producing Hydrogen from Wind Power Being Tested

July 21, 2008 / 1 Comment

  Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost main island. The island recently hosted the G-8 Summit at Lake Toya. I know the place, got a speeding ticket there once, which, btw, has nothing to do with this post. The Wakkanai Alternative and Renewable Energy Study Group and Heiren Energy Inc. are jointly testing a system that will store hydrogen that was produced through electrolysis ...